The Wheaton College "Same God" Debate

There sure has been a lot of debate recently with Wheaton College’s Professor Larycia Hawkins Facebook post that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. I don’t think they do. Officials with Fuller Theological Seminary and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary are quoted a saying that it is easier to reach out to Muslims if there is some common ground. Really? Maybe, I just don’t understand. I have had nice conversations with Muslims before; they held their ground and I held mine…then we embraced and departed in peace. I have no hate in my heart for Muslims at all, but do they want “common ground”? It would be nice but it doesn’t appear so.

The key that opens the door to find the answer to this Wheaton College debate question lays with who Jesus is. We Christians believe Jesus is fully man and fully divine…that Jesus is God. We would look to the Bible’s Holy Scripture and find examples such as the few below:

He existed before Abraham (John 8:58)
He was equal with the Father (John 5:17, 18)
Jesus claimed the ability to forgive sins (Mark 2:5–7) which the Bible teaches was something that God alone could do (Isaiah 43:25)
The New Testament equated Jesus as the creator of the universe (John 1:3)
He is the one who holds everything together (Colossians 1:17)
The apostle Paul says that God was manifest in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16, KJV)
John the evangelist says that “the Word was God” (John 1:1)

Not only did His friends notice that He claimed to be God, but so did the demons and His enemies as well. There may be some doubt today among the skeptics who refuse to examine the evidence, but there was no doubt on the part of the Jewish authorities.  When Jesus asked them why they wanted to stone Him, they replied, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God” (John 10:33, NASB).

Yes, Jesus claimed to be God. Why should anyone believe it? After all, merely claiming to be something does not make it true. Where’s the evidence that Jesus is God?
The Bible gives various reasons, including miracles and fulfilled prophecy, that are intended to convince us that Jesus is the one whom He said He was (John 20:30, 31). The main reason, or the sign which Jesus Himself said would demonstrate that He was the Son of God, was His resurrection from the dead.

Anyone wishing to refute the case for Christianity must explain away the story of the resurrection. Pretty hard to do with 500 eye witnesses giving testimony. Therefore, according to the Bible, Jesus proves to be the Son of God by coming back from the dead (Romans 1:4). The evidence is overwhelming that Jesus did rise from the grave, and it is this fact that proves Jesus to be God.

It is my understanding that Islam rejects both the deity of Christ (Sura 5:17) and His death on the Cross (Sura 4:157-158). So, my response to the Wheaton College debate question on do Christians and Muslims worship the same God would be “no”, they do not.

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